July 4 closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will commence Tuesday, July 5.

Franklin Pickup Window Closed

The Franklin Avenue Library pickup window is closed until further notice. If you are scheduled to pick up your holds at the window, please go inside Franklin Avenue Library to do so.


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7 Ways to Use DMPL Online 24/7

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library are closed until further notice, but know that we are still a source for entertainment and education. And you don't even have to step foot in our buildings to take advantage! Here are 7 ways to use your library card online right now.   ...

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Title Author Genre
The Amelia Six: An Amelia Earhart Mystery Kristin Gray Mystery
Bear Bottom Stuart Gibbs Mystery
Becoming Muhammad Ali James Patterson & Kwame Alexander Historical Fiction
Before The Ever After Jacqueline Woodson Historical Fiction
The Boy Who Failed Show And Tell Jordan Sonnenblick Memoir
Brave Like That Lindsey Stoddard Fiction
Bye-Bye, Blue Creek Andrew Smith Fantasy
Clean Getaway Nic Stone Fiction
Efren Divided Ernesto Cisneros Fiction
The Elephant In The Room Holly Goldberg Sloan Fiction
Glitch Laura Martin Science Fiction
Goodbye, Mr. Terupt Rob Buyea Fiction
Halfway To Harmony Barbara O'Connor Fiction
Houdini And Me Dan Gutman Fantasy
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero Kelly J. Baptist Fiction
Lily's Promise Kathryn Erskine Fiction
Linked Gordon Korman Mystery
The Lion Of Mars Jennifer L. Holm Science Fiction
Marcus Makes A Movie Kevin Hart Humor
Max Einstein: Saves The Future James Patterson & Chris Grabensein Adventure
Millionaires For The Month Stacy McAnulty Fiction
Mr. Lemoncello And The Titanium Ticket Chris Grabenstein Adventure
No Ordinary Thing G.Z. Schmidt Fantasy
One Time Sharon Creech Fiction
Red, White, And Whole Rajani LaRocca Fiction
Rez Dogs Joseph Bruchac Fiction
Saucy Cynthia Kadohata Adventure
Simon B. Rhymin' Dwayne Reed Humor
The Smartest Kid In The Universe Chris Grabenstein Humor
Spy School Revolution Stuart Gibbs Adventure
Starfish Lisa Fipps Fiction
Strike Zone Derek Jeter Sports
Three Keys Kelly Yang Historical Fiction
Triple Threat Mike Lupica Sports
Unplugged Gordon Korman Fiction
War Stories Gordon Korman Historical Fiction
Ways To Make Sunshine Renee Watson Fiction
What Comes Next Rob Buyea Animal
When You Trap A Tiger Tae Keller Fantasy
Wild River Rodman Philbrick Fiction

Title Author Genre
28 Days: A Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto David Safier Historical
A Long Walk to Water Linda Sue Park Non-fiction
Ali Cross: Book 1 James Patterson Fiction
All Thirteen Christina Soontornvat Non-fiction
American as Paneer Pie Supriya Kelkar Fiction
Ancestor Approved Cynthia L. Smith Fiction
Benbee and the Teacher Griefer K.A. Holt Fiction
Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Fiction
The Book of Boy Catherine Gilbert Murdock Fiction
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls Kaela Rivera Fantasy
Charlie Thorne and the Lost City Stuart Gibbs Fiction
Closer to Nowhere Ellen Hopkins Fiction
Denis Ever After Tony Abbott Fiction
The Downstairs Girl Stacey Lee Historical
Dress Coded Carrie Firestone Fiction
Dry Neal and Jarrod Shusterman  Dystopian
Everything Sad is Untrue Daniel Nayeri Autobiography
Fighting Words Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Fiction
Gold Rush Girl Avi Historical
Gone to the Woods Gary Paulsen Autobiography
Ground Zero Alan Gratz Historical
I Am Defiance Jenni L. Walsh Historical
Ink and Bone Rachel Caine Dystopian
Instant Karma Marissa Meyer Fiction
Just Like That Gary D. Schmidt Historical
Long Way Down Jason Reynolds Fiction
Look Both ways Jason Reynolds Fiction
Lucky Broken Girl Ruth Behar Fiction
Mananaland Pam Munoz Ryan Fiction
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish Pablo Cartaya Fiction
New Kid Jerry Craft Graphic Novel
The Next Great Paulie Fink Ali Benjamin Fiction
One Last Shot John David Anderson Fiction
The Usual Suspects Maurice Broaddus Fiction
Recommended for You Laura Silverman Fiction
Squirm Carl Hiaasen Mystery
Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All Laura Ruby Historical
We Are Not Free Traci Chee Historical
What Lane? Torrey Maldenado Fiction
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor Ally Carter Fantasy